pl. -·las or -·lae·
the small, fleshy process hanging down from the middle of the soft palate above the back of the tongue
Origin of uvulaML, diminutive of Classical Latin uva, grape ; from Indo-European base an unverified form ei-, reddish, colorful from source Old English iw, yew
A small, fleshy mass of tissue, especially that which hangs from the soft palate above the base of the tongue.
Origin of uvulaMiddle English, from Medieval Latin &umacron;vula, diminutive of Latin &umacron;va, bunch of grapes, uvula.
(plural uvulas or uvulae or uvulÃ¦)
- The Oxford English Dictionary (second edition, 1989) marks this word as not naturalized in English.
From Late Latin Å«vula (“little grape"), diminutive of Latin Å«va (“grape").